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Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 hours a week or more



For detailed step-by-step advice on everything from benefits and tax credits to childcare and your wellbeing, sign up for the email reminders in our guide to starting work.

This factsheet gives an overview of the help available for single parents who work 16 hours a week or more. It covers help with rent, tax credits and other sources of financial help.

Note: If you have recently come to the United Kingdom, have limited right to be here, or are from the European Union, you may not have the right to claim the benefits set out in this factsheet. Get advice before claiming. See page six for organisations that can help.

Universal credit is a new benefit system that will replace many of the current benefits and tax credits. From December 2014 some families with children who are claiming benefits for the first time in selected jobcentres may claim universal credit. For more information on universal credit and how it may affect your family you can visit the Gingerbread website.


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